Flanker Anthony Carter scored two touchdowns to break Tom Harmon's Michigan scoring record as the 14th-ranked Michigan Wolverines clinched the Big Ten championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl with a 52-21 victory over Purdue yesterday before 105,281 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Carter also scored on a two-point conversion to increase his total to 244 points, surpassing Harmon's 237. Carter has 33 regular-season touchdowns, one shy of the NCAA record set by Houston's Elmo Wright in 1968-70. Michigan closes its season next week at Ohio State.
Carter caught scoring passes of 48 and 62 yards and tailback Lawrence Ricks rushed 31 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolverines (8-2, 8-0) won a berth in the Rose Bowl for the seventh time in 14 years for Coach Bo Schembechler.
"Anthony Carter is the most dominant player I have ever seen at the wide receiver position and he simply dominates the entire game," Purdue Coach Leon Burtnett said.
"He's the greatest football player we've ever had here," Schembechler said. "I see it every week. I marvel at him. He's always in control of his body. He's always in position to leap, stretch or dive."
Purdue quarterback Scott Campbell set an NCAA record with 204 consecutive passes without an interception, then was intercepted twice in a row. Campbell (29 of 40 for 331 yards) broke the record of 198 set by Tulsa's Jerry Rhome in 1964.
Said Ricks: "This being my last hurrah, and my last time in the big house (Michigan Stadium) with the blue jersey on, I got a little teary-eyed when they announced my name on the loudspeaker. You couldn't ask for more in a day than we got today."